A Fishy Question

Sun, May 2, 2010


I love that my 5 year old asks questions.  Sometimes it scares me –  like when she asks questions about Santa, or questions relating to mine and her dad’s separation,  or when she asks me things I’m just not ready for, but mostly I love it.

I suppose that’s because it gives me an insight into how she thinks, what’s important to her.  It’s like an eye into her psyche, a trip into the place where her dreams come from, a peep into her imagination, and I love that it is such a vividl, colourful place, but sometimes it truly tests me.

Miss M:  “Mummy, do they have bins in water?

Me:  “Errrrm, do you mean like in the sea sweetie?”

Miss M:  “Yes.  Do they have bins in the sea?”

My head fills with visions of rainbow oil slicks.  Decaying sea birds, their limbs twisted by discarded plastics, distorted into macabre portraits of painful death.  Or a shimmer of  floating, lifeless fish, surrounded by the guilty, the empty cartons, tins and food wrappings.  How do you explain that to a 5 year old?  How do you tell her that people, people just like us, have done such harm?

So I take a deep breath and…

Miss M:  “Because Mummy, if there are no bins, what do mermaids do with all their sweet wrappers?”

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16 Responses to “A Fishy Question”

  1. English Mum Says:

    The child is obviously a genius. This sort of lateral thinking will obviously get her a Nobel Peace Prize or at the very least a PhD in later life. Anyway, surely they use a whaley bin?


  2. Nora Says:

    That’s a very intelligent question if you believe that mermaids eat sweets with wrappers on them. You should ask her about that and where they get them.


  3. Akelamalu Says:

    Well that’s a perfectly logical question! LOL


  4. CJ Says:

    Your child has a mind of a genius. Obviously a very bright young lady.

    CJ xx


  5. Tara R. Says:

    At least she’s asking about it… brilliant question.


    • Jo Beaufoix Says:

      I think so to. She asked me how they breathe underwater the other day and why they didn’t need swimming goggles. We decided it was because they were kind of part fish. ;D


  6. Emma Says:

    Brilliant….I love that kids come up with great questions like that!!


  7. Jewels Says:

    Mermaids don’t eat sweets! They need to maintain that girlish figure to pull off wearing those seashells on their chests.


  8. amy Says:

    she is such a bright child, my 3year old is at the moment deciding about her future husband in my latest post http://and1moremeansfour.blogspot.com/2010/05/words-of-wisdom.html i love what funny things they come out with xx


  9. Jo Beaufoix Says:

    I hope so Amy. And I will come and read. I love the stuff they say. 3 is completely hilarious. :D


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